Orlando Pirates coach Rudi Krol emphasized the importance of putting their humiliating loss against Kaizer Chiefs behind them and shift their focus to the Telkom Knockout final at Soccer City on Saturday
“It’s very important that I do everything in my power to make sure that the players forget about the loss to Chiefs,” said the former Zamalek mentor. “We made a lot of mistakes in our last game and our decision making was not the way I would have liked it. They beat us in our league game and we have to make sure that we reverse that score come Saturday. The win would do wonders for me and the rest of my players”
Despite the 3-1 drubbing to Chiefs in an Absa Premiership game, Bucs captain Lucky Lekgwathi feels the team is well on course to reverse the result of the previous encounter between the two sides despite Chiefs having the favorites’ tag.
“Our loss to them in the league is water under the bridge,” said the former Ria Stars player. “Our focus now is on the Telkom Cup Final over the weekend and we know that they are the favourites, but we intend on putting up a good fight and eliminating some of the mistakes we made in our last game. It’s very important for us as a club to make sure that we lift our second trophy of the season.”
Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs did not want to dwell much on the threat posed by Chiefs’ striker Knowledge Musona. The goalie mentioned the importance of concentrating on Chiefs as a whole and not on individuals.
“No, there is no special plan for Musona. There is a plan for the entire Chiefs side and that is to close them down as soon as possible and not allow them to dictate terms on the day.” said the former Ajax Cape Town goalie.
Pirates will welcome the return of midfield trio Andile Jali, Dikgang Mabalane and Daine Klate who all missed the last Premiership game against Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala stadium.-PSL website